Phoebe returns to San Francisco after losing her job to live with her older sisters, Prue and Piper. During their first night together in their grandmother's house, Phoebe finds a book of witchcraft and recites an incantation that leaves the sisters with the powers they were destined to have.moreless
Prudence 'Prue' Halliwell (Season 1-3)
Inspector Andy Trudeau
TRIVIA: Some of differences between this version and the aired version "Something Wicca This Way Comes" include -
-recasting of Phoebe and Andy, as well as Heater being replaced by Morris. All dialogues between Andy and Heater/Morris were rewritten and all scenes involving them or Phoebe were reshot.
-in the aired version, Jeremy is introduced when he tries to interview Andy. In the unaired version, Jeremy is introduced when Piper calls him, and his attempts to interview Andy are unsuccessful.
-in the aired version, Andy buys Prue coffee while they are at the hospital. In the unaired version he doesn't, but we get a scene where Prue actually meets Phoebe at the hospital.
-the teenagers Phoebe saves are skating in the unaired pilot and rollerblading in the aired version.
-the scene in the drugstore, the one where Prue tells Roger she quits and the one in Phoebe's room are absent from the unaired version. However, the aired pilot doesn't feature the scene where Jeremy, before opening the door to the attic, projects himself inside as a snake with a human face.
-the dialogue when Piper and Phoebe are playing with the spirit board is longer in the unaired version. Plus, in the aired version they eat popcorn while doing this, and in the unaired version, they drink wine.
-in the aired version, the discussion between the sisters while going back to the Manor deals with how different their lives are now, while in the unaired version they talk about how they will live the same lives as before even now when they are witches.
TRIVIA: For the aired pilot, detective Heater was recast, renamed as detective Darryl Morris, and rewritten as a friend of Andy's, not just a mere partner. Jimmy Dineen, who portrayed detective Heater will later return in the episode "Thank You For Not Morphing" as a transformation ("the mailman") of one of the shapeshifters.
TRIVIA: The spell used in this episode is part of a ritual to kill Jeremy - "Your love will wither and depart, from my life and my heart, leave me be, Jeremy, and go away forever".
TRIVIA: The first spell used by Phoebe is - "Hear now the words of the witches, the secrets we hid in the night, the oldest of gods are invoked here, the great gift of magic is sought, in this night and in this hour we call upon the ancient power, bring your powers to we sisters three, we want the power give us the power."
TRIVIA: This episode features the first spell ever used and it is performed by an unknown witch. It goes: "Ancient one of the earth so deep, master of moon and sun. I shield you in my Wiccan way, here in my circle round, asking you to protect this space, and offer your sun force down". In the Charmed paperback novel called "The Power Of Three" however, this witch was named Serena Fredrick. Events in this book and TV episode are basically the same.
TRIVIA: Lori Rom (the original Phoebe) left the show after the pilot episode because of religious beliefs and Alyssa Milano took over the role.
Phoebe said that there was something familiar about their cat, Kit - this is ironic since in season 5 they discover that Kit is actually their familiar and really a human.
(Piper and Phoebe come out of the house and join Prue and Andy. Phoebe is holding Kit)
Andy: Is this your cat?
Phoebe: It is now.
Andy: Seems familiar.
Prue: Piper, the girl has no vision, no sense of the future.
Piper: I really think Phoebe's coming around.
Prue: Well, as long as she doesn't come around here, I guess that's good news.
Prue (talking to Phoebe): You always used to push the pointer.
Phoebe: I forgot your question.
Piper: I asked if Prue would have sex with someone other than herself this year.
Phoebe: Oh, that's disgusting. Please say yes.
Piper: Don't tell me you put on a black conical hat and spent the night flying around the neighborhood on a broomstick.
Prue: Look. Don't you think you're overreacting? We are perfectly safe here.
Piper: Don't say that. In horror movies, the person who says that is always the next to die.
Jeremy: You always were the tough one, weren't you Prue? You didn't even cry at your mommy's funeral.
Prue: And I won't be crying at yours.
When Piper asked whether anything happened when Phoebe read the incantation Phoebe said her head spun around and she "vomited split pea soup".
This is an allusion to the 1973 film The Exorcist starring Linda Blair as a girl possessed by a demonic spirit.
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